Lachrymosa: 1919

Adolphus Hailstork

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Quick Overview

While I was writing this piece, my goal was to create an austere, contemplative atmosphere, generally devoid of urgency or stridency. The coloring is medium to dark, the rhythms are gentle, and melodic lines are simple.

"Lachrymosa" opens with a chord progression played by all the strings. Then they divide into two choirs exchanging modal harmonies over a deep pedal point. Pentatonic melodic lines in solo strings bring the first main section to a close.

A short transition marked ?pi

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Additional Information

Composition Date 1995
Duration 00:12:00
Orchestration 2Cl. 2Bsn. Str.
Premiere 1995. Virginia Symphony.